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Published on September 17, 2010 By terpfan1980 In Movies & TV & Books

Someone had suggested doing a Friday 5 type thing on classic films.  I've not done the Friday 5 thing before so can't tell if I'm doing it correctly or not, but regardless, I'm going to put up a chance for others to tell me what their favorite classic films are.  You can list 5, or 10, or 1 or 3, I don't really care what number you want to list.  The only real requirement I would place on things is that if you are going to label something a classic it needs to be more than 20 years old.  Newer films may eventually be worthy of being called classics, but for now I'm more interested in older classics, from earlier eras (like, for example, the Black & White era).

So, list some favorite classics films and perhaps comment on other people's choices.

I've already listed one of my own favorites (12 Angry Men) in a previous article.  I'll list a few other choices later, and will try not to take other people's choices (though for those that have good taste in classic films, that may be inevitable).


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on Sep 17, 2010

Eh, call me impatient as I'm about to list a few other classics now...  actually it's more about having the time to do so and trying to put down some choices while I think about them.

Here's goes a few from my list:

An Affair to Remember.  Sappy, sweet, probably leans a bit more to the feminine side, but a great film with one of my favorite stars in it.  I could watch it over and over again and never tire of it.

It's a Wonderful Life.  Again sappy and sweet, but with a great message.  Again one of my all-time favorite stars in it (actually more than one of my favorites from the golden age).  While there was a period when I was a bit worn down from the insane number of airings that would happen around the holiday period that was rectified fairly quickly and now we get just a few showings a year.

North by Northwest.  Detecting a pattern with the favorite film stars? Well this one had one of my favorite directors as well.  You could name just about any Hitchcock film and I'd concur that it was  classic.  This one just hits all the right notes for me.

That's 3, plus the aforementioned 12 Angry Men, for a total of 4.  There's a bunch of others that I could list (The Sting, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (which I just got the collector's edition of on Blu-ray), Where Eagles Dare, Stalag 17, Arsenic and Old Lace and several others) that make it tough to choose an actual top 5 or top 10.  Realizing of course that I've not mentioned films with stars like John Wayne (where I'd have a difficult time choosing which film to list).

on Sep 17, 2010

I'll not duplicate yours, so here is my 5.

Paint Your Wagon - 1969 - Not B&W, but Clint and Lee singing?  never been done before or since! (Although Clint is a pretty good honky tonk singer).

McLintock - 1963. John Wayne and Maureen Ohara and a very young Stephanie Powers.  PLUS the source of one of the bloopers in the Mash Series!

In Harms Way - 1965 B&W - and it has Patricia Neal! Along with an all star cast! (Larry Hagman, Carol O'Connor, Kirk Douglas, Paula Prentiss, etc.)

Wizard of Oz - 1939 - yea, I am a sucker for that one.

Der Laengste Tage - Or as we know it - the Longest Day.  best War movie ever made!

on Sep 17, 2010

best War movie ever made!

I love the film you listed, but I'm not sure I could give it that title as I love several other films in that genre, including The Great Escape (and the aforementioned and listed previously by me, Stalag 17).  One of my other favorites in the genre is Kelly's Heroes, but I also like The Devil's Brigade, A Bridge Too Far and a bunch of others, so I have a real tough time picking any single film there as my favorite.

on Sep 18, 2010

Great list so far. I'd like to add, "The Wages of Fear" (1953). I originally saw this film on a Canadian cable channel called "Silver Screen Classics", and recently purchased it on Blu-Ray. It is available on the Criterion collection.

It is about a group of men who are trapped in South America with no way home. An opportunity presents itself to escape - if they survive a suicide mission first. Gripping and suspenseful, it rates 100% on the Tomatometer.

on Sep 19, 2010

It's A Wonderful Life

The Man from Snowy River

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Arthur

A Christmas Carol (any version)

I love holiday movies

Dirty Harry movies.

on Sep 20, 2010

terpfan1980

I love the film you listed, but I'm not sure I could give it that title as I love several other films in that genre, including The Great Escape (and the aforementioned and listed previously by me, Stalag 17).  One of my other favorites in the genre is Kelly's Heroes, but I also like The Devil's Brigade, A Bridge Too Far and a bunch of others, so I have a real tough time picking any single film there as my favorite.

I cannot argue with you.  I had to pick one, so I picked that one.  But all the ones you list are in the top as well.  It is hard to pick just 5 and say that, but sometimes you have to fish instead of cut bait.

on Sep 20, 2010

Great films. I'll add:

Casablanca

The Quiet Man

The Bridge on the River Kwai

2001 A Space Odyssey

Easy Rider

on Sep 21, 2010

Easy Rider

That one is no surprise!

on Sep 29, 2010

The Breakfast Club

The Changeling (1979 version with George C. Scott).

It Happened One Night

The Sandlot

The Cowboys

The Seekers

Blazing Saddles

Monty Python & the Holy Grail

The Jungle Book (Disney Cartoon version)

Robin Hood (Disney Cartoon Version)

The Lost Boys

 

on Oct 01, 2010

Yes to it  happened one night Ted.  Okay crossing that one off and adding another. 

Johnny Belinda

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunset Boulevard

of course, Gone with the Wind

The Thin Man

oh and my vote for favorite war movie would be Seargant York

on Aug 06, 2011

Cool Hand Luke

Papillon

Three Days of the Condor

Outlaw Josey Wales

Godfather

on Aug 07, 2011

Goonies is the best movie ever made.

on Aug 07, 2011

Its scary, I have seen, and truly enjoyed all the movies mentioned above so far. My top five:

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)

**King of Hearts

Thelma and Louise

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

All About Eve

on Aug 07, 2011

Dune

on Aug 08, 2011

Which Dune.. several movie versions.... (just curious..)

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